Friday, September 16, 2011

Final stats gathered at Western Maryland buck test

Western Maryland Pasture-based Meat Goat Performance Test

KEADYVILLE, Md. — The goats were worked for a final time Thursday by Jeff Semler, David Gordon, Mary Beth Bennett, Jeanne-Dietz Band, Pam Thomas, and Susan Schoenian.  The goats were weighed by Jeff Semler and scored by Susan Schoenian.  Pam Thomas and David Gordon recorded data.

It was the second time in a row that the goats had to be worked in the rain.  The test site has received considerable rain in the past few weeks. The wet weather is likely why the goats did not gain much weight during this final weigh period, as their dry matter intake was probably reduced. The past few weeks of wet weather has also increased the parasite load in the goats, as evidenced by higher FAMACHA© scores and fecal egg counts.

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